That Retreat

Remembering the Truth of God's Love | taught by Cindy Shaw & Tom Elliott

Course description

To answer your question—yes, this is that retreat! It’s that retreat you’ve been longing for, that retreat you didn’t think you’d ever have time for, that retreat which will deepen your prayer life, that retreat which will connect you to others, that retreat which will remind you of the truth of God’s love for you! This is that retreat and it’s an invitation into the one spiritual gift that matters the most—love!

The aim and grace of this special spiritual formation opportunity is a renewed sense of God's immense love for you! During the retreat you will enjoy--

  • Daily Scripture meditations (plan on spending about 15-20 minutes in personal prayer each day)
  • An optional weekly faith-sharing group. Ideally, you will choose to host or attend this retreat with a group of 6-10 people!
  • An Online Student Discussion Area where you can post prayers, encouragements, and questions!
  • Two optional Spiritual Direction sessions during the course of the retreat with the purchase of the top-tier registration. These sessions can be in person, on the phone, or via FaceTime or Skype.

REGISTER TODAY AND ENJOY THAT RETREAT YOU'VE BEEN DESIRING!

That's right! If you are not completely satisfied that a particular course or retreat at DeepWardly School of Spiritual Formation helped you to more intimately connect with God, simply email me within 30 days of your purchase and I will issue you a 100% refund, no questions asked and no hard feelings!

Cindy Shaw & Tom Elliott
Cindy Shaw & Tom Elliott
Spiritual Directors

Cindy ministers as a Spiritual Director, directs individual and group retreats, days of reflection, and workshops on various topics, including Ignatian spirituality.

After a thirty-year career as a radiation therapist, Cindy returned to the classroom where she received her M.A. in Lay Ministry and her M.A. certification in Spiritual Direction and retreat direction from Creighton University.

Cindy moved to Iowa from Arkansas, where she spent the majority of her adult life in both parish and diocesan ministry. She and her husband Cody have been married for 46 years and have four children and seventeen grandchildren.

Cindy has been a co-director at Emmaus House in the Diocese of Des Moines since 2012.


Tom Elliott is a Spiritual Director and the owner of DeepWardly Spiritual Direction Services. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Saint Meinrad College and a Masters of Divinity from Notre Dame in New Orleans. Tom completed a three-year training program in Spiritual Direction from the Institute of Priestly Formation at Creighton University. He also received Supervision training in Spiritual Direction from the Sophia Spirituality Center. He is a member of Spiritual Directors International and has been offering Spiritual Direction and retreats for almost twenty years.

As part of his ministry at DeepWardly, Tom offers one-on-one Spiritual Direction every month to more than seventy directees throughout the United States and Europe. Uniquely, half of his directees are ministers and trained Spiritual Directors.

In addition to Spiritual Direction, Tom offers numerous retreats and presentations on various aspects of spirituality and prayer to business and church staffs, faith formation groups, and organizations.

Reviews (18)

Good

by Dan Louvell
I thought this retreat was good. I'm not big into sharing, so I didn't say much during the sacred sharing. I'm also not good at imaginative prayer, but some of the meditations were good and I felt close to God.

Great Intro

by Becky Snider
I used this retreat as an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. I had already learned about the Discernment of Spirits and about the Examen, but I was looking for some prayer experiences with his style of prayer. I enjoyed the retreat and I have now signed up for a longer 34-week retreat on the Exercises.

Great Experience!

by Brianna Ellison
My spiritual director recommended this retreat and I really enjoyed it. She offered me spiritual direction during the four weeks and helped me to talk about what I was doing in prayer during the retreat. I would love to lead a group through it in the future!
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Good

by Dan Louvell
I thought this retreat was good. I'm not big into sharing, so I didn't say much during the sacred sharing. I'm also not good at imaginative prayer, but some of the meditations were good and I felt close to God.

Great Intro

by Becky Snider
I used this retreat as an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. I had already learned about the Discernment of Spirits and about the Examen, but I was looking for some prayer experiences with his style of prayer. I enjoyed the retreat and I have now signed up for a longer 34-week retreat on the Exercises.

Great Experience!

by Brianna Ellison
My spiritual director recommended this retreat and I really enjoyed it. She offered me spiritual direction during the four weeks and helped me to talk about what I was doing in prayer during the retreat. I would love to lead a group through it in the future!

Retreat Plus

by Veronica Jones
I did this retreat with my faith formation group at my house. Half of the group chose the optional spiritual direction sessions and half did not. I think the half that did not all wished they had! The spiritual direction sessions were a beautiful part of the retreat and helped me to be even more conscious of how God was revealing his love for me.

The Next Step

by Patricia Burgess
I was at a conference led by Cindy Shaw and really enjoyed it! When I found out that she had this online retreat, I immediately let me group know and we started it as soon as we could. We loved the meditations and Scripture readings, but even more so, we loved the group sharing. It was such a blessing to hear how each of us was growing in God's love! Thank you, Cindy!

Loved the Scriptures

by Gina Griggs
I loved the daily Scripture passages in this retreat. I read some verses that I was not familiar with and Tom and Cindy did a great job helping me to apply them to my life through the graces and meditation questions. I wish that I would have done this retreat with a group of people, though, because the Sacred Sharing sounded really special.

Great Introduction to the Exercises

by Meredith Rosenthal
This retreat is a great 18th Annotation retreat of the Spiritual Exercises. My group used it as an introduction to the Exercises and then we started the 19th Annotation using the book, "An Ignatian Adventure". The online retreat was wonderful!

Great Small Group Retreat!

by Carmen Lamar
I heard about this retreat through a friend of Cindy's. The faith formation group that meets at my house had just finished a program called Oremus by Fr. Mark Toups and we were looking for a new one. We all registered for That Retreat and really loved it! The retreat manual is clear and well put together, and the instructions for the facilitators was excellent! The only trouble we had was getting the videos to play through the TV, but Tom helped us with that. Great retreat!

A Structure for Prayer

by Josie Welden
I went through Amazing Prayer before I did this online retreat. They both connected together very well. What I like about That Retreat is the structure for personal prayer that I learned. Through the four weeks of meditations, I really got used to the style and structure of prayer and it became more and more comfortable to me!

Next

by Debbie Benites
I started with Amazing Prayer and then Tom recommended That Retreat. He also recommended that I try to do it with a group. I invited four other people who went through RCIA with me and we went through the course together. I really enjoyed it! I think I enjoyed bonding with the group as much (or maybe even more) than the meditations and prayer. Some of the meditations were hard for me, but it seemed like the ones that were hard for me were easy for some of the others in the group. We are going to do Connecting with Christ next!

Not Big on Group Sharing

by Paul Smith
I went through this retreat with my wife's group and I enjoyed some of the meditations, but I did not like the group sharing. But that's probably just me. Others seemed to enjoy it. I think I would have rather gone through it by myself at my own speed.

A Bargain!

by Wes Sparks
After I got into Ignatian spirituality, I bought numerous books on it. Some of those books were about as expensive as this retreat and yet did not include daily meditations for a month! I recommend this retreat for anyone or any group that wants to learn about Ignatius of Loyola's style of prayer and experience a taste of the Spiritual Exercises!

Cindy Rocks!

by Jessica Weavers
I heard about this retreat through a friend of Cindy's and I decided to invite all four other couples to join my husband and I for it. We all LOVED it! The only thing that was a bit confusing was about the signup. Tom explained through email that it is designed for each person to sign up online individually and then the videos can be watch as a group through a computer, smart phone, etc. It was a little pricey since we had couples doing the retreat and paid individually. But, it was worth it.

I Tried This Next

by Brook Peters
I did Amazing Prayer first and then tried this retreat. I liked it, but I wish I would have done it with a group. I missed out on all of the sharing.

Very Well Done

by Morgan Lassau
When I was researching a program for the group who meets at my home each week, someone recommended That Retreat. I didn't know Tom or Cindy, but we decided to give it a try and we really liked it. We were not familiar with St. Ignatius of Loyola, but we are all interested in learning more and maybe doing the 19th Annotation that they talked about during the retreat. The materials and instructions for the facilitator, which was me, were very helpful and I didn't have any problem leading the group through it.

The Next Step

by Julia Cassova
I did this retreat alone after I finished the Amazing Prayer course. It seemed like a nice transition and I am grateful for the work that Cindy and Tom put into this. Some of the meditations were not as meaningful as other were, so I give it four stars. But, the meditations that were meaningful were VERY meaningful and helped me to get to know Jesus better.

An Intro to the Exercises

by Bill McEntire
My formation group decided to do this retreat in preparation to do the full 19th annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. We all thought it was excellent and it was a nice way to ease into the routine of prayer and sharing. I recommend that people do this retreat in a group if at all possible--the sharing was as important to me as the meditations.

Thank You!

by Karen Massa
Thank you, Cindy and Tom, for providing this 18th Annotation retreat. Our faith formation group went through this retreat together and we really enjoy it, especially the group sharing. I'm going to do the "Connecting with Christ" retreat next!